We found that food was expensive in Iceland. In order to save money, we cooked a lot of our meals ourselves. But we did manage to eat at a few places that I will share with you! As well as give you some tips on buying your own food.
You’ve seen photos of Icelandic Horses with their long manes and bangs. They’re smaller than the horses we’re used to seeing, but don’t you dare call them ponies. They’re more mild mannered than other breeds of horses, they’re sure footed, and they’re able to brave the wind and cold. The horses have five gaits (walk, trot, gallop, tölt, and flying pace) which didn’t mean much to me at first, but then I saw what it meant to tölt.
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon on the south east coast of Iceland. It is about a four and a half hour drive from Reykjavík and probably one of the most stunning places I have ever been! The lagoon is situated right off of Route 1, so you can’t miss it! We parked on the West side of the bridge that crosses the point where Jökulsárlón meets the Atlantic Ocean. The lagoon is surrounded by rocky hills, so you won’t see it until you walk over the top. The moment I saw the lagoon, I was in awe.
Ahhhh, Blue Lagoon, a must-see on many travellers’ lists. It’s the most famous geothermal spa in Iceland, and probably one of the most famous in the world. The water is a vivid turquoise and dark volcanic rock surrounds the lagoon to shield swimmers from the harsh Icelandic wind. It is located in Grindavík, which is about twenty minutes from Kelfavík International Airport. That is why many visitors go to Blue Lagoon either on arrival in Iceland or right before they need to go back to the airport to fly home. There are many tour companies that stop at Blue Lagoon. You can take the FlyBus right from the airport.
Iceland is one of our favorite places to travel. Upon arrival, we immediately fell in love with the Mars-like landscape of the lava fields, the friendly Icelandic horses, and the stunning waterfalls. It was the perfect place for us to get engaged, and we believe that it is the perfect place to get married or elope!
The road gets its name because it very literally creates a ring around the country. You can start in Reykjavik (or just outside of Keflavik if you’d like) and drive for 828 miles and end up right back where you started. Of course there are many opportunities to leave Route 1 and see other parts of Iceland, but you will most likely spend a majority of your time on “the 1″ as we liked to call it.
There are quite a few companies that offer campervans in Iceland. There are also quite a few different options for the campervan itself (4WD, number of people they can seat and sleep, automatic vs. manual, etc). Depending on your needs, you can choose the campervan that works best for you.